Designer, architect and architectural photographer.
Trained in Architecture and Fine Arts at the "Institut des Beaux Arts" in Beirut until 1999, Jaklian subsequently moved to Venice to continue his studies in architecture at IUAV Università. In 2005 he started his professional practice with Prof. Michael Carapetian with whom he co-founded "Latcol Associates", a multidisciplinary office for architecture, planning and design.
Among many architectural competitions, "Terrazze 2004" and "Agrobiz 2008" are first prize projects. He sits on several seminar panels: in 2007, on the first edition of an on-going seminar There is a Visitor # Uppsala – meeting place/workshop at Uppsala Art Museum.
In 2008, he presented his article "Beirut, Ville de Guerre" for Zamân magazine at Paris Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art and later during the same year, Agrobiz project at Carleton University in Ottawa, during the 'War and Architecture' symposium; the first, about an alternative conception of time-space relationship of people living in periods of war, and the latter about a new sustainable community project for Yerevan, Armenia.
The relationship between war and architecture will soon become a major interest; together with Prof. Roger Connah, he conducts an on-going research which addresses socio-territorial issues of "war-cities", analysing different aspects and realities of such urban agglomerates. During these years, his passion for photography led him to work on several photography projects and commissions that encompass his interests in urban study and architecture.
Among these, Oscar Niemeyer's International Fair in Tripoli, Karm el Zeitoun Quarter in Beirut and Light in Venice photographic projects are worthy of mention. In 2012, he formed Vartivar Jaklian dpA, which engages with design, architecture and photography in the field of architecture.
At present, he lives between Venice and Beirut from where he manages projects also in the Middle East.